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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (23 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842327232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842327234
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.1 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,050,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Edinburgh in 1906, the son of the city's Director of Education, John Innes Mackintosh Stewart wrote a highly successful series of mystery stories under the pseudonym Michael Innes. Innes was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he was presented with the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize and named a Bishop Frazer's scholar. After graduation he went to Vienna, to study Freudian psychoanalysis for a year and following his first book, an edition of Florio's translation of Montaigne, was offered a lectureship at the University of Leeds. In 1932 he married Margaret Hardwick, a doctor, and they subsequently had five children including Angus, also a novelist. The year 1936 saw Innes as Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, during which tenure he wrote his first mystery story, 'Death at the President's Lodging'. With his second, 'Hamlet Revenge', Innes firmly established his reputation as a highly entertaining and cultivated writer. After the end of World War II, Innes returned to the UK and spent two years at Queen's University, Belfast where in 1949 he wrote the 'Journeying Boy', a novel notable for the richly comedic use of an Irish setting. He then settled down as a Reader in English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, from which he retired in 1973. His most famous character is 'John Appleby', who inspired a penchant for donnish detective fiction that lasts to this day. Innes's other well-known character is 'Honeybath', the painter and rather reluctant detective, who first appeared in 1975 in 'The Mysterious Commission'. The last novel, 'Appleby and the Ospreys', was published in 1986, some eight years before his death in 1994. 'A master - he constructs a plot that twists and turns like an electric eel: it gives you shock upon shock and you cannot let go.' - Times Literary Supplement.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wyatt James on 16 Dec. 2001
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Anecdotal but amusing -- the right stuff like a Drambuie after dinner (not more than one or two a day, though). Many of the stories in this book turn on the gimmick of Sir John's personal 'Black Museum' ("I was telling you this was a very odd case, so please to inspect this jewel case.") Some of our old favorites reappear -- Braunkopf the 'puttickler' art dealer, Lady Scattergood, Nesfield University... There are a few great stories here, such as "A Matter of Goblins" and "Grey's Ghost."
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Sir John Appleby in shorts 12 Mar. 2004
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I think Michael Innes had fun writing these eighteen short detective stories, which are mined with really execrable puns. In fact, I'm guessing he may have come with the puns first and then fitted the stories to them.
Normally in his novels, character development is one of this author's great strengths. In these stories, he sometimes uses less effective short-cuts to show us his antagonists and protagonists. Adverbs are used with greater frequency---people pace nervously, glance cautiously, and nod soberly. There is a fair amount of caricature. Americans are always filthy rich and/or eccentric and they talk funny. Innes also lapses into veddy British upper-class snobbery, to let readers know that there is something not quite right about a criminal suspect.
However, even short-hand Innes is fun to read. His snobbery is delicious. His Americans are amusing. Assistant Commissioner of New Scotland Yard, Sir John Appleby is his usual ironic, witty, dangerously intelligent self. Art and literature are richly mined, as they are in this author's longer novels. A Pieter Breughel landscape is at the heart of one story. A speech from Hamlet forms an important clue in another.
I wouldn't start with this short story collection if you are new to Michael Innes, but "Appleby Talks Again" (1956) is a rich confectionary for his long-term fans--eighteen delicious morsels of mystery:
A Matter of Goblins
Was he Morton?
Dangerfield's Diary
Grey's Ghost
False Colours
The Ribbon
The Exile
Enigma Jones
The Heritage Portrait
Murder on the 7.16
A Very Odd Case
The Four Seasons
Here is the News
The Reprisal
Bear's box
Tom, Dick and Harry
The Lombard books
The Mouse-Trap
Innes always scores 10 Oct. 2012
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Sir John Appleby, Innes' sleuth, is very satisfying a detective, both before and after his retirement, and these stories were interesting and fun
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